Episode 18 – On Grass

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21 Jun 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose talk about the Queen’s final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic, the difference between the game today and years gone by and why serving and volleying just doesn’t quite work anymore. Finally, they finish it off with a discuss about why grass is so fun and bizarre, and things to watch for when you’re watching grass court matches.

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6 Jun 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose talk about Garbine Muguruza’s incredible Roland Garros run, and what she did so well to win her first ever slam final. Then they reflect on Djokovic’s historic win and what Andy Murray must be thinking after coming up short again.

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1 Jun 2016

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Stuck at work? Can’t keep up with the action? Curious for some non-TV analysis? Bored and looking for some bigger discussion not on Twitter? You’ve come to the right place! It’s the Roland Garros live blog for Wednesday where Brodie and Bri (@4thetennis) discuss all the action through out the day, and so much more.

15:08 Brodie God Bless Andy Murray. It looked like he might take this set simply and decisively. That would be no fun. He’s suddenly let things get tied up, get distracted by the crowd and everything is quickly falling apart.
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30 May 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose discuss a wild first week at Roland Garros featuring their biggest surprises and disappointments. Murray’s stumbles, Muguruza’s slaying, Djokovic’s path to the trophy and a friendly suggestion or two for Richard Gasquet all in this week’s Mind The Racket podcast!

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23 May 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose wonder why we can’t make draws easier to read on mobile devices and then take a big picture look at the draws, wondering if Andy Murray’s draw is hilariously easy, if Djokovic/Nadal is eminent, and what to make of a wild grab bag of a women’s draw sans Sharapova. All that and so much more on this week’s Mind The Racket Podcast!

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Episode 14 – Madrid Madness

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10 May 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose talk about the madness in Madrid including Simona Halep’s emergence from the great draw implosion (and Sorana Cirstea’s return), the always bizarre match-up between Djokovic and Murray, reasonable expectations for Novak and so, so much more in this week’s Mind The Racket Podcast!

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Episode 13 – Monte Carlo Wrap

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18 Apr 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose discuss why the clay season rules, Rafael Nadal’s return to the top of the Masters heap, Andy Murray’s never ending monologue, Novak Djokovic’s bizarre upset and so much more in this week’s Mind The Racket podcast!

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Episode 12 – Miami Wrap

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4 Apr 2016
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This week Brodie and Juan Jose break down the ATP Miami final and take a big picture look at both tours including the ATP’s age gaps, whether Djokovic has reached Federer level of dominance and why Victoria Azarenka is good for the WTA. All that and so much more on this week’s Mind The Racket podcast!

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Episode 11 – Indian Wells Wrap

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21 Mar 2016
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Brodie and Juan Jose discuss a wild Indian Wells tournament including Azarenka’s big win, Djokovic’s dominance, Raonic’s continuing success in 2016 and Raymond Moore’s moronic comments that made the whole finals Sunday a bit odd.

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17 Mar 2016

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It’s been a bad year for Simona Halep. No, it’s been a very bad year for Simona Halep.

Losing in the first round of the Australian Open, the Romanian announced she was having a “nose issue“. In fact, it was a deviated septum – in other words a misalignment of stuff in your head – that was causing her ongoing sinus infections that were making her sick. Despite taking antibiotics to deal with it, it would be much easier to just get surgery and fix her head in order to keep the infections away permanently.

Weirdly, she then changed her mind and played both Doha and Dubai, doing pretty terribly in both. She still hasn’t had surgery or missed time, which has been perplexing for most fans. Reasonably, expectations for Halep had to be low going into Indian Wells.

The good news is, misaligned infected head zombie Simona has risen from the dead and can play some tennis. Beating Makarova in the third round was a fantastic win for her, and a match I thought her likely to lose. After Strycova retired down a set in their fourth round match, she had the unlucky fortune of playing Serena Williams next.
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